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Hornets match Eric Gordon’s offer sheet on Saturday

Jul 14, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Eric Gordon AP

Update 6:16 p.m.: The Hornets officially matched the offer this afternoon. Gordon is under contract to the New Orleans Hornets for four years. Damage control time!

The Hornets weren’t kidding around. They weren’t bluffing, joshing, yanking anyone’s chain or pulling anyone’s leg. They were always serious, and on Saturday, they’re making it real. They’re matching the Suns’ offer sheet for Gordon.

From the Times Picayune:

Although Eric Gordon proceeded with his exit plan after expressing his desire to play for the Phoenix Suns, the Hornets are expected to match the Suns’ four-year, $58 million offer sheet today to retain him, sources confirmed.

Gordon signed the Suns’ offer sheet Wednesday and the Hornets had three days to match. By using their entire 72-hour allotted time, they prevented the Suns from pursuing other players in free agency because Phoenix does not have enough salary-cap space to accommodate Gordon and another addition.

via New Orleans Hornets expected to match Phoenix Suns’ offer for Eric Gordon today | NOLA.com.

This is not brain surgery. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. Something else involving a complex and high-level intelligence necessary for a profession. Eric Gordon is a top-five shooting guard in this league (which may say more about the quality of shooting guards in this league, but he’s still very good), and the Hornets traded Chris Paul for him, among other things. The Hornets believe he is the star of their future next to Anthony Davis, and have no intention of letting him walk just because he decided to pout on the front lawn for a few days about not getting to go where he wanted.

His heart may be in Phoenix, but his shoe laces will be in New Orleans. Gordon’s a professional, and in all likelihood there will be no problems, especially after Gordon gets a chance to see how good Anthony Davis is. The Hornets have a good plan in place, and that’s going to lead to wins. And wins convince guys to stay more than anything.

So Gordon gets re-signed, gets his money, the Hornets get their star. If he really wants to make a fuss, then he can, and Demps and Williams might facilitate a trade. But that doesn’t seem like who Eric Gordon is. As it stands, this works out for everyone, despite Gordon’s disappointment.

Also, pretty hilarious that the Hornets intentionally waited to punish the Suns for signing their guy to an offer sheet. Gotta love the chess match.

  1. jjviolin1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    signing up so i could post here was a bit ridiculous

  2. raidmagic - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    If he really wants to make a fuss, then he can, and Demps and Williams might facilitate a trade. But that doesn’t seem like who Eric Gordon is.

    And everyone used to think Dwight was a great guy too.

  3. tannethrill - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    They should get a bundle for him in a sign and trade and start building directly around Davis. Gordon is a problem and they should recognize that. If Phoenix wants him so bad then give up a haul.

    They should be looking to bottom out as much as possible in the first year with Davis and hope that with their picks along with what they have and will accumulate can land them another star within the next 2 years. New Orleans is a desirable destination between the city and the fan base. Forget Gordon, load up on picks and roll the dice. Worst case is they have to attract another star through FA or trade. Davis should be able to command that kind of interest in the franchise and the fact that Gordon doesn’t recognize that shows he won’t be a top 5 SG for long. The way he’s attacking the business end of this process shows he’s no one you want around and now is the time to sell high.

    • therealhtj - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      They can’t trade Gordon for a year now because of one of many ridiculous facets in the CBA. It’s why NJ maxed out Lopez before he could sign a RFA deal. So Gordon’s stuck in NO for a year, happy or not. I suppose he could hold out that year and give up a year’s worth of money that was clearly overpaying for him, but we all know that’s not happening.

      Gordon’s a nice player. A good contributor but no franchise cornerstone. Would any team like to have a player like him? Sure. Is he worth a max contract? Absolutely not.

  4. papichulo55 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Gordon probably thinks he has a better chance of building his brand in Phoenix, as opposed to being in New Orleans with Davis and Rivers.

    Its a sad state of affairs when making a guy a multi millionaire is not enough. These guys have the right to maximize their incomes, but the league must do something. Maybe the contracts should also include rights to the names. The music industry works that way. Should the NBA remove all caps, and let the contracts cover the entire compensation. The league owns the rights to market
    Eric Gordon Pumas, for example.

    But for now? Good Luck with that, Coach Williams!

  5. truninerfan49 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Why can’t a player like Gordon sign a 1 year offer sheet from Phoenix. If N.O. matches, then would he become a free agent after the season correct? If he knows that N.O. will match any offer, then why sign a 4 year deal?

    • philwauke - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Because you don’t leave 58 million dollars on the table no matter how much you may dislike a place.

    • moseskkim - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Very few players can afford to take a risk of one year contracts. It’s sorta like joe Johnson.. He got paid big time but if he for some reason waited another year, no one would pay him that horrible contract. Gotta strike while it’s hot. Gordon’s been injured for a couple years and 60 mil is a great pay day.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        That Joe Johnson contract is one of the worst contracts in the history of the NBA.

  6. patfic15 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Why does everyone think this guy is so good? If it were up to me he would be in Phoenix right now. Hornets could have gotten value for this overrated kid. Thing is he will have another crucial injury that will knock him out of several games I’m sure.

  7. southpaw77 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    So if the Suns are smart the next call goes to OJ Mayo to be their shooting guard and if that doesn’t work try and deal for Marshon Brooks and if that falls thru also looks like they gotta give a one year deal to Shannon Brown or Michael Redd to come back.

  8. C. White - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    considering both he and rivers are score first guards it’s hard to justify this signing financially.

    Then again he comes off the books right when Davis and Rivers will be up for there big boy extensions.

    After all, the league features quite a few teams who excel without pure passers because they have very athletic guards who can defend and play in an offensive system tailored to their stars.

  9. dysraw1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    dude should fire his agent if he really wanted to be in PHX. there are ways for sure

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